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The 2 Robbies: Kane dominates NLD; KDB, Aguero steal show for Man City

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle reflect on an exciting Saturday for the Premier League. King Harry Kane scores (again) against North London rivals to boost Tottenham’s top 4 shout (00:30), Aguero and De Bruyne steal the show against Leicester (11:30), the Robbies discuss the battle for survival (19:00) and look ahead to the midweek European games for the Premier League big hitters (28:45).

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Manchester City 5-1 Leicester City: Aguero, KDB on fire

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  • Sterling scores very early
  • Vardy nabs 13th PL goal
  • Aguero scores four
  • De Bruyne assists three

Sergio Aguero put an exclamation point on a thrilling night with a glorious fourth goal as Manchester City scored in the first three minutes of each half to beat Leicester City 5-1 on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.

Kevin De Bruyne pulled the strings for goals by Raheem Sterling and two of Sergio Aguero’s four.

Man City’s point total means it could lose every remaining league match and finish no lower than sixth. City has 72 points and a 16-point lead on Man Utd, who plays Sunday.

Jamie Vardy scored for Leicester, making him the first player in league history to score against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur in the same season.

The Foxes remains eighth with 35 points.

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Sterling proved his confidence was fine despite a brutal late miss against Burnley, meeting Kevin De Bruyne’s cross for a third minute goal inside the six-yard box.

A Christian Fuchs stop on Sergio Aguero brought a counter attack for Leicester, and Vardy moved past an Ilkay Gundogan slide tackle to shoot past a continually backing off Aymeric Laporte and behind Ederson. 1-1, 25′.

Sterling dove to win a dangerous free kickoff Wilfred Ndidi in the 36th minute, but a leaping Nicolas Otamendi could not meet De Bruyne’s long range pass.

The goal scorer fooled Kasper Schmeichel on a dribble inside the six, but a sliding Aleksandar Dragovic meant Sterling won a corner kick, not a brace.

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It took less than three minutes of the second half for De Bruyne to work more magic, putting together a brilliant team goal for Aguero with Oleksandar Zinchenko and Sterling.

De Bruyne slipped Aguero through for another within 10 minutes, continuing his almost certain PL Player of the Year campaign.

Schmeichel would later give the ball to Aguero inside the 18 to complete another hat trick for one of the PL’s all-time greats.

And Aguero made it four for him and five for his side when he took a feed from Phil Foden and lashed a beauty off the underside of the bar.

De Bruyne exhausted as Pep hands Man City a few days off

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Kevin De Bruyne knows he needs a break.

His whole team, actually, and Pep Guardiola is providing just that after Man City drew Burnley 1-1 at the weekend.

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City is about to play four matches in as many competitions over a span of 15 days: Home to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday, away to Basel in the UEFA Champions League three days later, at Wigan in the FA Cup on Feb. 19, and a Wembley date with Arsenal in the Feb. 25 League Cup Final.

Here’s De Bruyne on the stress and the break. From Sky Sports:

“I was feeling it from the first minute,” he said. “I’ve said it before – you feel great for 10 games, then you feel OK for 10 games, and then the rest you feel like (expletive).

“(The break) will do us a lot of good,” said De Bruyne. “I’m going away, it doesn’t matter where.”

As for the challenges of playing a near-constant congested schedule thanks to thriving in four competitions? De Bruyne admits that’s part of life at City, and wanting to play on a top team. It doesn’t help that City is down six senior players right now.

Fortunately, De Bruyne and his boss have built a healthy lead atop the Premier League table and did not draw Premier League competition in the FA Cup, which allows them to prioritize a bit this month.

Cardiff 0-2 Man City: De Bruyne, Sterling guide Citizens into Round of 16

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Kevin De Bruyne‘s clever set piece in the first half helped open the floodgates for Pep Guardiola‘s side on Sunday, as the Citizens continued their tremendous run of form.

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Manchester City reached the FA Cup fifth round after earning a 2-0 win over Cardiff City at Cardiff City Stadium.

The Belgian international kick-started things for the visitors in the eighth minute, after De Bruyne brilliantly slotted his free kick under the Cardiff wall.

Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge was left without a prayer, and the Citizens were ahead 1-0 inside the opening 10 minutes.

Leroy Sane appeared to doubled the lead for Guardiola’s group in the 25th minute, however, the young attacker was judged to be offside from Bernardo Silva‘s through ball.

It wasn’t long though before City found a second. Raheem Sterling scored his 19th goal of the season in the 37th minute, after heading the ball past Etheridge from Silva’s cross.

Man City into League Cup final (video)

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  • City outshoots Bristol 28-5
  • Sane, Aguero put MCFC up 2-0
  • Pack, Kent pulls two back for Bristol
  • De Bruyne answers in stoppage
  • City wins 5-3 on aggregate

A pair of late goals put a scare into Man City, but the Premier League leaders scored just before and right after halftime to insure its first leg lead en route to a 3-2 win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate Stadium on Tuesday.

City wins 5-3 on aggregate in the League Cup semifinal, with Sergio Aguero, Leroy Sane, and Kevin De Bruyne scoring in the second leg.

Pep Guardiola moves to within 90 minutes of his first significant title as Man City boss, and will face either Chelsea or Arsenal on Feb. 25 at Wembley Stadium.

Marlon Pack and Aden Flint scored for Bristol City.

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Sane scored in the 43rd minute and Sergio Aguero struck less than four minutes after the teams returned from the halftime break.

An errant John Stones clearance helped Bristol to the scoreboard in the 64th minute, with Pack scoring the goal.

Flint then nodded home in stoppage time to give the Robins hope for a miracle win, but new contract hero De Bruyne scored within a minute to burn those hopes to the ground.

Bristol would be in the Football League Championship playoffs if the season ended now, sitting in fifth place.